Wolves Eat Dogs Paperback – 2005
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As the book opens, a billionaire, Pasha Ivanov, is found dead at the base of his condo's building. Did he jump . . . or was he pushed? Those are the main choices for Arkady . . . until he's ordered off the case.
But Arkady's not satisfied that it's a suicide. Why was Ivanov's closet full of salt?
Winning a reprieve for his investigation from an unexpected source, Arkady finds himself in the middle of the "dead" zone near the site of the Chernobyl (spelled as Chornobyl by those in the Ukraine) disaster. You'll feel like your visiting a world imagined by Dante as you follow his slow "investigation."
The resolution of the story's plot will leave you shaking your head a bit . . . but you will find the trip to be an intriguing one that's well worth your time.
I was especially fascinated by the psychology described for those who lived through the aftermath of the nuclear disaster and continue to live in the vicinity. It's gritty material that will remind you of stories you've read about surviving in tough prisons and concentration camps. The story will unforgettably drive home the message that we'd better take care of the environment.
Renko, the hero, works as an Investigator with Moscow's militia - more or less the standard police force - and has something of a chequered career. Never a truly 'practising' member of the Party, Renko hasn't always been thought highly of by those in authority. He has always wanted to catch the people responsible for the crimes he's investigating, regardless of the 'political' consequences - as a result of this, he was once dismissed from the Party for a lack of 'political reliability' and sentenced to a life in Siberia. He has been rehabilitated for several years now, though he always remained something of a disappointment to his father - a very famous ex-General. His father has been dead for some time, something Arkady never seemed too bothereed about. However, he hasn't yet entirely gotten over the death of his wife, Irina.
Pasha Ivanov was one of the 'new' Russia's most successful businessmen - President of NoviRus and worth an absolute fortune. However, the businessman has - it would appear - jumped to his death through his apartment window. The book opens in the apartment, with Arkady peering through the window towards the corpse on the pavement. Among those also present are Prosecutor Zurin (Arkady's boss), Bobby Hoffman (Ivanov's American assistant) and Lev Timofeyev - an old friend of Ivanov's and a Senior Vice-President at NoviRus. The pair had studied together at the Institute, and were two particular favourites of the noted Academican Gerasimov.Read more ›
So, enjoy the book and leave the audio version. This story focuses on the events at Chernobyl both at the time of the meltdown and the subsequent fallout (no pun intended). Arkady, as usual is at odds with his superiors and is sent off to Chernobyl mainly to get rid of him. Being Arkady though he will get to the bottom of the mystery whatever the odds and it is all resolved in a satisfactory fashion. The area around Chernobyl seems to be benefiting from the absence of people and is a fascinating background to the story. I would give it five stars if the audio version was worth listening to.
This is a mystery for today--shocking in that it was written before the murder/assassination in London of a former Russian agant--and a foreshadowing of a bleak world or tomorrow. Worth a good look and a read.
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Smith has created a hero that I cannot let go. Renko is the broken heart that has no cure, you just ache with him throughout every novel. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Paula